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Fire at La Grange Park home started by dehumidifier

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 10:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 5:26 p.m. CDT

LA GRANGE PARK – The La Grange Park Fire Department responded to a fire at a home in the 1100 block of Robinhood Avenue at 3:51 p.m. Thursday.

According to a news release, the fire started in a basement dehumidifier. The home's occupant reported smoke coming from the basement and was able to safely exit the home with her dog. The resident was the only person home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

La Grange Park fire crews were on the scene within three minutes, according to the release. They were able to enter the home while wearing breathing masks and quickly put out the fire using portable fire extinguishers. Firefighters then checked to see if the fire had spread and stayed on scene to help remove smoke from the house.

Damage caused was estimated at $700.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Fire Chief Dean Maggos. But the fire appeared to be directly related to the dehumidifier and/or how it was powered, he said.

The La Grange Fire Department provided assistance.

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